Work With Us is a 20-minute film produced in collaboration with communities around the world as part of the Participate initiative. The film, recorded over 9 months in 7 countries, provided an opportunity for some of the most marginalised people to communicate directly to decision-makers. From disabled people living in slums to indigenous people protecting their rights, it looks at some of the insights and stories that can emerge from participatory research, and what this contributes to the policy arena.


The purpose of the film was to both illustrate the kinds of knowledge that emerges through participatory research and how change can happen. It highlights the need for on-going commitment, involvement, and support from decision-makers and for collaborative dialogue and action.

The participants in the film worked with the filmmakers to plan the content identifying the stories they wanted to tell and how they wanted to communicate them. The film places the participants at the centre of their own stories in the locations where they live. The participants in the film speak directly to the audience in their own language presenting and exploring the context of their stories.

The film also looks at why dialogue with marginalised groups is important, how participatory processes can contribute through ground-level perspectives and how change can happen in context.

The stories, messages and perspectives that emerge provide background to how change can happen and

the challenges in dealing with complex issues.


  • Work With Us – 20-minute film produced for global policy makers as part of the Participate initiative